Queen frontman faces backlash due to being ‘filthy, gay and anti family’
The announcement that Queen singer Adam Lambert will be headlining the Countdown 2016 New Year’s Eve concert in Singapore has sparked outrage and support in almost equal measure.
A petition demanding for the singer to be dropped from the event has been signed by over 15,000 Singaporeans due to fears that the openly gay singer will perform “lewd acts” on stage in front of children.
The petition also expressed concern over Lambert’s role as an LGBT activist, saying he engages in the “active promotion of a highly sexualized lifestyle and LGBT rights, both of which are contrary to mainstream Singaporean values.”
A counter petition was later launched which labelled the original petition “anti family and anti Singaporean values”, and so far has just over 16,000 signatures, nearly 1000 more than the original.
The Queen singer has released a statement promising that his performance at the event will be low key, “My performance at Celebrate 2016 will not only be a spectacular one,
“It will celebrate the entire human family in all its diversity.
“I am a uniter, not a divider…I hope you will join me to celebrate the future and 2016.”
Countdown 2016 is being organised by the state owned broadcaster MediaCorp and the event will be televised across the country.
Homosexuality is currently illegal in the country due to a colonial-era law that was challenged by activists last year.
Back in May, the Singaporean government banned a song and music video by a popular K-Pop star because they portrayed same-sex marriage and homosexual themes.
However, despite the current laws in the country nearly 28,000 people attended this year’s Pink Dot, an annual LGBT rights rally.